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Gateshead backs Northern Pride online

Pride with flag

Steph Downey, Gateshead Council's service director for adult social care and chief executive Sheena Ramsey pictured with the UK Pride 2021 commemorative flag

Gateshead Council is encouraging the public to join in this year's Northern Pride celebrations but this time from the comfort of their living rooms.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Northern Pride march and celebration event, that usually take place over this weekend has had to be cancelled, with much of the festival programme being moved online.

Instead, the event will be broadcast on Northern Pride's Facebook and YouTube channels on Saturday 18 July. Those tuning in will be able to enjoy a virtual march, listen to guest speakers, enjoy performances from their Main Stage, Curious Arts and from Be Scene and view content from their festival zones. The event will close with a virtual candlelit vigil.

Councillor Linda Green, Gateshead Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Volunteering said: "As an organisation we celebrate the wonderful diversity of our community and strongly believe that everyone should be treated fairly and we work hard to promote our support of equality throughout the council.

"We're proud to have such diverse communities across the borough and while there has been a lot of progress in terms of LGTB+ rights, we know discrimination still exists and there is still some way still to go. Events like Pride help us to not only respect but to celebrate the different communities we have in Gateshead.

"Even though we won't be marching to celebrate Northern Pride this year, we can all still come together and join in this wonderful event."

To mark the Pride celebrations Gateshead Council will be flying the UK Pride 2021 commemorative flag outside Gateshead Civic Centre from Friday 17 July until Monday 20 July and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be lit in the colours of the rainbow for the weekend.

Organisers from Northern Pride, who were awarded the title of UK Pride 2020, have confirmed that the event will be postponed until next year and will take place from 23-25 July 2021.

To watch Pride Online visit Northern Pride on YouTube and Northern Pride on Facebook

Pride with flag
16 July 2020

Steph Downey, Gateshead Council's service director for adult social care and chief executive Sheena Ramsey pictured with the UK Pride 2021 commemorative flag

Gateshead Council is encouraging the public to join in this year's Northern Pride celebrations but this time from the comfort of their living rooms.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the annual Northern Pride march and celebration event, that usually take place over this weekend has had to be cancelled, with much of the festival programme being moved online.

Instead, the event will be broadcast on Northern Pride's Facebook and YouTube channels on Saturday 18 July. Those tuning in will be able to enjoy a virtual march, listen to guest speakers, enjoy performances from their Main Stage, Curious Arts and from Be Scene and view content from their festival zones. The event will close with a virtual candlelit vigil.

Councillor Linda Green, Gateshead Council's Cabinet Member for Communities and Volunteering said: "As an organisation we celebrate the wonderful diversity of our community and strongly believe that everyone should be treated fairly and we work hard to promote our support of equality throughout the council.

"We're proud to have such diverse communities across the borough and while there has been a lot of progress in terms of LGTB+ rights, we know discrimination still exists and there is still some way still to go. Events like Pride help us to not only respect but to celebrate the different communities we have in Gateshead.

"Even though we won't be marching to celebrate Northern Pride this year, we can all still come together and join in this wonderful event."

To mark the Pride celebrations Gateshead Council will be flying the UK Pride 2021 commemorative flag outside Gateshead Civic Centre from Friday 17 July until Monday 20 July and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be lit in the colours of the rainbow for the weekend.

Organisers from Northern Pride, who were awarded the title of UK Pride 2020, have confirmed that the event will be postponed until next year and will take place from 23-25 July 2021.

To watch Pride Online visit Northern Pride on YouTube and Northern Pride on Facebook

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